Category: Billy Casper

April 05, 2013

Past champs pick Tiger to win the 2013 Masters in Poll

Posted at 4:31 PM by Mark Dee


Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, the first of this three wins in 2013 (Robert Beck/SI).

With Tiger Woods coming in as a 3-to-1 favorite to win next week's Masters, the betting public is pretty confident Tiger is back and prowling.

But Vegas sharps aren't the only people bullish on the four-time champ's chances of adding a fifth green jacket to his wardrobe. Some guys who own a few of their own like Tiger's odds as well.

In a poll of past Masters champions, nine out of 10 respondents picked Tiger Woods to take home hardware come Sunday evening, although Arnold Palmer hedged a bit, saying he'd take the field over Woods.

The one dissenter? 2009 winner Angel Cabrera. He chose himself ("Me!!").

Here's what some of the pros -- including a few legends -- had to say about their pick:

Gary Player: "Most people will not argue with Tiger Woods as the overwhelming favourite to win the Masters.  Tiger is off to a great start this year with tons of momentum going into this year’s tournament. Plus, he is a phenomenal putter and to win at Augusta you have to putt well.  Other favourites include Phil Mickleson, and Rory McIlroy. But I like the chances of Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood, and Adam Scott. I would love to see Sergio Garcia win, but I personally feel that Tiger is due to have a great year."

Arnold Palmer: "I think there are numerous people who could take a run. I think Tiger should be the favorite, no question. If I were arbitrary about it, I would still take the field."

Billy Casper: "Tiger. Tiger’s playing well. He’s won so many times there. He’s really playing well. It looks like Rory is starting to come into his own. With those two playing well, it would be a great Masters."

Trevor Immelman: "The level is so consistently high on the PGA Tour now that it’s harder to pick winners, I believe. Obviously with Tiger starting to play really well again, he’s going to have a couple of weeks off and will be arriving there with so much confidence knowing he’s already won the tournament four times, he’s going to be a hard guy to bet against purely because he’s won there in so many different styles in conditions. Nothing that happens there will be catching him off guard, so I imagine he’ll be pretty comfortable and hard to bet against."

Ian Woosnam: "You have to go with the form player: Tiger." 

Charl Schwartzel: "I’m sure there are a lot of bookmakers around the world filling their pockets with the money of punters trying to pick golf tournament winners. It’s definitely not easy. I always feel that if I am playing my best then I have the chance to win whenever I tee it up, but I would never say that I am going to win. There are so many contenders and I suppose top of that list now would be Tiger Woods, who has had such an impressive start to the season."

January 08, 2013

Truth & Rumors: David Feherty to interview Phil Mickelson, Bobby Knight for talk show

Posted at 12:12 PM by Samantha Glover

FehertyGolf Channel talk show host David Feherty announced the guest stars for the third-season of his "Feherty" show on Monday, and it is strictly A-list, according to the Hollywood Reporter's Marisa Guthrie.

The third season of "Feherty" includes interviews with golfing icon Billy Casper – a 51-time winner on the PGA Tour and three-time major winner – at his Utah home. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who has been married to the same woman for 60 years (they have eleven children), Casper takes Feherty to a rehearsal of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Subsequent interviews include volatile, chair-throwing basketball coach Bobby Knight, golfers Jack Nicklaus, Paul Azinger, Phil Mickelson, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie, as well as PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem.

Feherty also provided some entertainment for the members of the Television Critics Association.

He regaled gathered reporters with tales of his checkered past as an addict, his views on the game now (“golf is a depressing sport”; everyone who plays it has some form of PTSD), and his interviews with luminaries including Bill Clinton (who said it has been one of his “great dreams” to be interviewed by Feherty) and Samuel L. Jackson (“he has very little time for anyone who finds him impressive,” said Feherty).

(Photo: David Feherty in Pasadena, Calif, on Monday. Getty Images)
May 24, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Teen tries to repeat magic at Byron Nelson

Posted at 10:08 AM by Mike Walker

Jason Day won the Byron Nelson last year, but the big story was 16-year-old amateur Jordan Spieth finishing in the top 20. Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that Spieth is ready to try again this week, although he might have an unusual a scheduling conflict. He’s graduating from high school on Saturday.

Spieth, now 17, isn't the same lanky kid who looked like he might have trouble keeping his balance in a strong Texas wind. He's added 20 pounds of muscle, putting down his clubs for a few months over the winter to bulk up in an attempt to guard against future injuries (his back has bothered him a little at times) and give him more length on the course.

His goals have changed, too. He's not trying to be the top junior golfer in the country now. No, Spieth is headed to college and wants to become the top amateur golfer in the nation. That means playing in more amateur events and setting his sights on the Walker Cup, his main golf goal for this season.

Billy Casper says Tiger too focused on winning
Everybody thinks they know what’s wrong with Tiger Woods: your doctor knows, your neighbor knows, even the pizza guy knows. However, three-time major winner Billy Casper is more credible than most observers, and Casper told The Deseret News that Tiger Woods is putting too much pressure on himself during his comeback.

"In my estimation, until he gets away from that big desire that if he doesn't win it doesn't mean anything . . . well, he's got to get it out of his system," Casper said. "He's got to accept what he accomplished at the Masters of shooting 66 one round and then shooting 31 on the front nine -- which he's never come close to doing before. Those were two great steps forward but that wasn’t enough for him because he didn't win.

"That's what makes him so great, but until he gets that out of his system and recognizes it is a step-by-step process, almost like starting over, he will struggle to win."

K.J. Choi to host his own tournament in South Korea
K.J. Choi is about to join an elite group including Arnold Palmer, Byron Nelson and Klinger from M.A.S.H. No, not famous cross-dressers. Choi is going to have a golf tournament named after him, according to Fox Sports:

South Korean professional golfer Choi Kyoung-ju will host his own tournament on his native land this fall, the country's top PGA Tour player said this week.

Better known as K.J. Choi in the U.S., the 41-year-old golfer said the tournament has been tentatively named the "KJ Choi Invitational" and will be held from Oct. 20 to 23 at the Ocean Course of the Sky 72 Golf Club in Incheon, about 40 kilometers west of Seoul.

The KJ Choi Foundation and Asian Tour Media jointly created the event, and the Korean Golf Tour (KGT) and the Asian Tour will co-sanction it. The tournament will offer US$750,000 in total purse. It will be the first local tournament bearing the name of an active golfer.

"This is my dream come true," Choi said at a press conference Monday. "I've long wanted to start a tournament to help develop the KGT, which is the basis for my career and the Asian Tour." 

Tweet of the Day

From Ian Poulter after buying a golf putter at an auction to benefit the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. The putter was a replica of the putter Ballesteros used when he won the 1984 British Open.



February 02, 2010

Bid on chance to watch the Masters with Billy Casper

Posted at 3:38 PM by

Want to attend this year's Masters with a former champ? Billy Casper has donated badges to an online charity auction for Thursday and Friday of this year's tournament. Simply go to and start bidding. The proceeds will go to benefit Let Em Play, which provides money for underprivileged kids to participate in sports, entertainment and educational programs. A description of the package is below:

This package is for two people to attend the 2010 Masters Golf tournament on Thursday April 8th and Friday April 9th with former Master's Champion - Billy Casper. You and your guest will receive badges for the first two days of the tournament along with deluxe hotel accommodations for two nights. On Thursday the 8th, you will be with Billy Casper, former Masters Champion, two time winner of the U.S. Open, 8 time member of the Ryder Cup team and a Ryder Cup Team Captain.

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